At our Annual General Meeting on the 28th January we will be electing a new committee – the people who will be helping to organise the branch’s activities over the next year.
With quite a number of current members not standing for re-election due to work or family commitments, new nominees are urgently needed. It’s a great way to contribute towards the running of the branch and its campaigning work, and to keep up to speed with the issues facing London’s lens journalists and the wider world of photojournalism.
There are eight posts to be filled: Chair, Vice-chair, Secretary, Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Welfare Officer, Equality Officer, and Union Learning Representative. The job titles are self-explanatory, but if you are thinking of standing and would like to know more, please contact one of the current committee members.
None of the responsibilities specific to each post involve a huge time commitment, and much of the committee’s business is discussed and decided collectively at the monthly meeting, or via email. No previous experience is necessary – there will be people available to help you.
Any full branch member can be nominated for a post. In addition, we have customarily also elected two, three or four additional members to offer general support. Temporary and Student members cannot hold a formal position, but in the past have been co-opted onto the committee in a non-portfolio role. Any branch member can come to the AGM without prior notice and ask to be nominated.
We will also be electing the branch delegates to the union’s April Delegate Meeting in Eastbourne, and two auditors to check the branch accounts at the end of the financial year.
Over the four years of its existence, the London Photographers Branch has made a significant impact both within and beyond the union. A strong and active committee is essential if we are to continue to build on our successes.
Before the formal elections and other business of the AGM, we will be hosting a discussion in advance of the deadline for voting in the election for the Photographers’ seat on the National Executive Council. We have invited the candidates to come and discuss with LPB members what they consider the most pressing issues facing lens journalists now and over the two years of their NEC seat tenure. Simon Chapman and Pete Jenkins, who are standing together as a job-share candidate, have agreed to come. Unfortunately the other candidate, Ozen Sengulen, who lives in Birmingham, is unable to attend, but copies of her election statement will be available at the meeting. This will be a great opportunity for branch members to talk through priorities for both the union nationally, and for our own branch.
The meeting is also the last opportunity for proposing amendments to motions for the DM.
6.00pm – 28 January 2014 – Headland House – 308 Gray’s Inn Road – London WC1X 8DP